Every fanbase has athletes that they absolutely hate for one reason or another. From not meeting expectations to having the refs blow an extra whistle or two in their favor, sometimes fans just can’t get over how much they dislike a player. Mavericks fans has treacherous villains on their list and here are our top 5.
5. Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom was traded from the Los Angeles to the Dallas Mavericks, the following year after the Mavs swept the Lakers to become eventually champions. This was the start of a downward spiral for Odom, as he learned he was involved in a trade that almost went through as the Lakers tried to pursue Chris Paul from the Hornets. David Stern vetoed the trade and stopped the two all-stars from joining up. Odom was upset that he was involved in a potential trade and requested a trade to a contending team. Odom was traded to the Mavs and really didn’t seem to fit in. He had problems with former Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who expressed how Odom didn’t seem focused and needed to get in shape. Odom went through a confounding offseason and it appeared to affect his play on the court and his life off the court. While playing with the Mavs, the situation became so dreadful that Odom was even assigned to the Texas Legends for a period of time. Eventually they made Odom inactive for the remainder of the season. Odom’s five month stint with the Mavs was not productive, he averaged 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.
4. Derek Fisher
The Mavericks signed Derek Fisher during the 2012-2013 season. The Mavs needed a point guard when Jason Kidd was sidelined with a finger injury and Fisher was brought in to fill the veteran role while Kidd sat out. A month later Fisher injured his knee and was ruled out for two weeks. Abruptly Fisher asked to be released from the team. He expressed that the injury and being away from his family influenced the decision. Two months later Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and it definitely rubbed the Mavericks front office the wrong way, Cuban commented on the situation by saying “A lot can happen in 65 days.” Fisher defended his decision to come back expressing that he felt it was the right decision at the time when he asked for a release. Fisher ended up getting eliminated with the Thunder in the semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies, so his comeback didn’t end sweet like he envisioned. Good.
3. Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo was traded to the Mavs in the 2014-2015 NBA season, he was brought in to help the Mavericks with perimeter defense and to bring a veteran presence at the guard position. At the time, the team was getting prepared to make a playoff push. Rondo and the Mavs never got their chemistry right and it showed throughout the season. Rondo didn’t get along with coach Rick Carlisle. The two could never get on the same page. The drama reached it’s climax when Rondo was benched during game 2 of the playoffs in 2015 against the Houston Rockets. The Mavericks ended up getting eliminated in five games, but after that game Rondo never put a Maverick jersey on again, he was ruled out for the rest of the series. After the season the Mavericks and Rajon mutually agreed to part ways. The team also agreed to not give Rondo a playoff share.
2. Deandre Jordan
The Mavericks front office has had some big misses when it comes to free agency in the offseason, but the Deandre Jordan situation might had been the worst. Jordan had verbally agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million dollar contract on July 4th weekend. All of a sudden, Jordan started having second thoughts to stay with his former team, Cuban says the communication stopped even though they had come to an agreement, Cuban flew to Jordan’s house and knocked on his door to try to convince the All-star center to stay but Jordan texted Cuban that he was on a date. The Clippers ended up flying to Jordan’s house and convincing the center to rejoin the team. Mavs fans were furious over this move. Jordan ended up joining the team as a free agent a few years later, but Jordan had passed his prime and they ended up trading him to Knicks in order to acquire Kristaps Porzingis.
- Dwyane Wade/ Miami Heat
In the 2006 NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks competed against the Miami Heat as both franchises battled to get their first championship. The Mavericks started off great and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The Mavericks were on the brink of a 3-0 series lead with six minutes to go with a 13 point lead in the 4th quarter, that’s when things started to collapse. Dwyane Wade was a promising superstar on the rise and with a lot of help from some curious offiiciating he led the Heat to an historic comeback. Wade finished the game with 42 points and 13 rebounds. The Heat didn’t look back as they went on to win the next three straight and won their first NBA Championship. Maverick nation is probably still frustrated with how this series got away from them all of a sudden, as Dwyane Wade shot a 73 free throws in the series. There’s no doubt that Wade was going to become a superstar but there are theories out there that the NBA wanted to make sure that Wade became one of their next big things. Former troubled ref Tim Donaghy also spoke on how the Mavs should had won the series but David Stern had a vendetta against Owner Mark Cuban. The Mavs went on to get revenge in 2011 defeating the Heat in six games but not before the Lebron James and Dwyane Wade made fun Of Dirk Nowitzki who had flu symptoms before game 2. The duo mocked Nowitzki while walking into the arena, looking at the camera and feigning coughs, claiming they were “sick” as well. Nowitzki used that as motivation and led the Mavs to a win from a 24 point deficit and went on to defeat the cocky Miami Heat for his first and only NBA Championship. Nowitzki and Wade have let bygones be bygones in recent years but don’t expect Mavs Fans to let their disdain for Wade diminish anytime soon.
Seriously…we hate that guy.
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